Do you bring your lunch to work / university? Do you prepare it at home or do you buy your lunch outside?
I work fulltime at an office and what I realized is, that most of the poeple either bring “quick food” or buy lunch outside at the supermarket or they go to a restaurant.
∴ Quick food: the kind of food that you buy at the supermarket which is already prepared and you only have to warm it up in the microwave for a few minutes (I don’t want to use the word “fast food” because people usually think about McDonalds etc.) Compared to going to a restaurant it is a much cheaper option but not very healthy I guess.
∴ Buying lunch outside / restaurant: this one has the opposite effect = it is usually fresher and tastes much better but it costs a lot of money. Usually it is not affordable to eat at a restaurant every day (depending on your salary and what kind of restaurants you go to)
So now there is a third option! Preparing and cooking your lunch at home already. If you have time and motivation to do that every day after you get home from work that is great but most often not the reality. What I most often hear at the office is:
- I didn’t have time to cook yesterday so I need to go and buy something later.
- I don’t want to come home from work and have to cook. I just want to relax.
- I didn’t have time to go and buy food so my fridge is empty and I couldn’t cook.
- I don’t know what to cook – I am not good at cooking and I don’t enjoy the food I cook.
- I would love to cook more but I don’t have any ideas and in the end I always eat the same
The reasons why people don’t bring their lunch is mostly because of lack of time, lack of motivation and lack of ideas.
So the answer is: MEALPREP
Mealprep means preparing the food in advance, even if it means to cook for example on Sunday and prepare the lunch for the whole week (this is what I do).
The advantages are:
- you save a lot of money because buying the ingredients at the supermarket to cook your meals will cost you maybe 20 Euros for the whole week (depends on the country you live in and what kind of food you buy of course)
- you save a lot of time because preparing it all on the weekend will take up to 2 hours and no more (it takes me 1,5 hours to prepare everything, cook and clean everything up afterwards)
- you save a lot of energy because it feels great knowing that you don’t have to worry about the lunch for the next day
- the food is fresher and healthier than fast food or microwave food (like ravioli from the can,…)
So that’s it for now. In my next posts I will write about what to do before starting to cook and show you some recipes (with photos).
Thanks for reading and I hope I could convince you to start cooking your lunch in the future – to save both time and money! 🙂